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Game 154 // First Inning // TEN RUNS

Ten runs in the first inning.

What in the world just happened in Atlanta?

 

Here’s the video:

 

 

 

And in text form:

 

Walk

Bunt groundout

Single

Single

Error

Walk

Double

Walk

New pitcher

Walk

Double

Double

Lineout

Strikeout / wild pitch (run scores)

Groundout

 

Inning over.

10-0, St. Louis.

 

In Atlanta. In front of a home crowd anticipating a first trip back to the NLCS since 2001. It’s a do-or-die Game 5, the series tied, everything on the line, and it’s on this day the Braves decided to have the worst inning in team history.

 

 

 

It’s only happened three times, ten runs in a playoff inning. 

1929, 1968, and now 2019.

 

But never in the first. Never quite like this.

You arrive at the ballpark, you find your seat, and then this.

Ten runs.

 

Without the chance to see the Braves bat even once before it was effectively over. The kind of thing that just can’t happen in any other sport. 

A team might go down 30-0 in basketball someday, but they’ll have had chances to score. Possessions. Shots and misses.

But with this Atlanta team, and this Atlanta crowd…

It’s truly over before it started.

 

The Oof Heard Round the World.

 

 

 

And maybe the truest big inning in this site’s history.

 

 

 

Sidenote: more than the players, the fans, anyone else…

How do you recover if you’re the broadcast team?

 

Aaaand we’re back, bottom of the first. Braves down by 10.

Anyone still watching?

 

 

 

 

 

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